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Daniel da Cruz Carvalho

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Place of birth
Daniel Cruz

Patricia Claro (m. 2009)


70 kg

Sporting CP

1.82 m

Playing position


Daniel da Cruz Carvalho with a tongue out pose while wearing a number 7 red and green jersey

Full name
Daniel da Cruz Carvalho

Date of birth
(1976-11-02) 2 November 1976 (age 46)

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Daniel da Cruz Carvalho (born 2 November 1976), commonly known as Dani, is a retired Portuguese footballer who played mainly as an attacking midfielder.


Daniel da Cruz Carvalho with mustache and beard while wearing a white and red polo shirt

He spent most of his eight-year professional career with Ajax after starting out at Sporting, appearing in nearly 100 official games and winning three major titles. He also competed abroad in Spain, with Atlético Madrid.

Daniel da Cruz Carvalho looking afar while wearing a black and red jacket

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Club career

Daniel da Cruz Carvalho wearing a black, red, and white turtle-neck shirt

A skilled offensive player whose career was cut short by poor professional judgment, Dani was born in Lisbon and began his career with local Sporting Clube de Portugal, making his first-team debuts during 1994–95, aged just 17, in a team which also included Luís Figo, Ricardo Sá Pinto and Bulgarian Krassimir Balakov, and helped the capital side to the season's Portuguese Cup.

Daniel da Cruz Carvalho with a tongue out pose while wearing a number 7 red and green jersey

In January 1996, Dani served a small stint in the Premier League with West Ham United, scoring at Tottenham Hotspur and at home against Manchester City. Despite playing a decent role in his nine-game career, his season ended when he was sacked by manager Harry Redknapp, when he missed training after being spotted in a nightclub. Subsequently he represented AFC Ajax, appearing regularly for the Amsterdam club but almost never as an undisputed starter, although he netted an important goal in the 1996–97 UEFA Champions League quarterfinal clash against Atlético Madrid, in a 3–2 away win (4–3 aggregate).

Daniel da Cruz Carvalho wearing a black, red, and white printed shirt

In December 2000, after a brief spell with S.L. Benfica, Dani signed for Atlético Madrid in the Spanish second division, teaming up with compatriot Hugo Leal. After the Colchoneros returned to La Liga, he was pretty much absent for the majority of the 2002–03 campaign and, after failing to find a new team, definitively retired from football in early 2004 at only 27.

International career

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Dani earned nine caps for Portugal, the first coming on 12 December 1995 in a 1–1 friendly with England, and the last on 29 March 2000 in a 2–1 success against Denmark (also friendly).

Daniel da Cruz Carvalho, in one of his interviews, wearing a black coat and white long sleeves

Previously, he appeared for the nation at the 1995 FIFA World Youth Championship in Qatar, being awarded the second place in both the Golden Boot and Golden Ball awards, and also competed at the 1996 Summer Olympics where the team reached a final fourth place.

Personal life

Still during his playing career, Dani worked regularly as a model. After retiring, he worked on television.


  • Taça de Portugal: 1994–95
  • Ajax
  • Eredivisie: 1997–98
  • KNVB Cup: 1997–98, 1998–99
  • Atlético Madrid
  • Segunda División: 2001–02
  • International

    Portugal U-20
  • FIFA U-20 World Cup: Third place 1995
  • References

    Daniel da Cruz Carvalho Wikipedia

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